Washington D.C. – "We, the undersigned members of the Transatlantic Community, stand together in support and solidarity with the Republic of Lithuania, in the face of regrettable, unprecedented challenges from China in response to Lithuania’s commitment to upholding human rights and democratic values in its relationship with Taiwan and in defense of China’s Uyghur minority.
Lithuania has faced both economic and diplomatic pressure as a direct result of its sovereign decisions to withdraw from the 17+1, to recognize China’s human rights violations against the Uyghur minority as genocide, and to allow for the establishment of a Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania.
While respecting our One China policy, the European Union and the United States together are committed to developing enhanced economic and investment ties in the region, especially with other democratic partners, as outlined by the EU’s recent Indo-Pacific Strategy. Coercion will not deter our commitment to strengthening our partnerships with Taiwan, nor blunt our solidarity with Lithuania or any democratic partner facing authoritarian pressure.
We assert the sovereign right of the United States and of the European Union and its members to develop relations with the democratically elected Taiwanese government, a strong and strategic partner in trade, global health, and regional stability.
We call on our members and supporters to take concrete action in standing together with Lithuania in response to the Chinese government’s attempts to erode solidarity towards allies taking a bold stance in defense of democratic values."
Dr. Daniel Twining
International Republican Institute
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European People's Party
European Conservatives and Reformists Party